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After 50 Years, Aggie Earns His Ring

Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 January 20, 2020 12:43 PM updated: January 21, 2020 10:58 AM

Photo by Frank Abbott '18
Photo by Frank Abbott '18

After more than 50 years, Michael Compton '67 is finally getting his Aggie Ring.

The Marine veteran and a retired four-term sheriff left Texas A&M due to a "subpar academic performance," he told The Eagle, but after taking courses online is expected to graduate later this year. He will receive his Ring at the April Aggie Ring Day. 

Vice President Kathryn Greenwade '88 told The Eagle Friday that Compton’s “perseverance and determination to earn his degree is inspiring.”

“Michael’s story is one that well illustrates the undying love Aggies have for A&M and the lifelong bonds that Aggies share with one another.”

Greenwade said. “We look forward to celebrating his Aggie Ring Day in April!”

Read more about his story here. Check back later for an Association-produced video focused on Compton's journey that is currently in production.

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